* There are over 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world.The data revealed that Brazil is the nation with the greatest number of tree species, home to 8,715 varieties.
* Trees are the largest living organism on Earth, with some coastal redwoods reaching over 360 feet tall and giant sequoias that can weigh 4 million pounds. The tallest known tree is a Californian redwood which is 379.3ft high.
* Almost 98% of the weight of a tree is made up of six elements: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur and an average tree can consume up to 350 litres of water per day.
* They are also some of the oldest organisms on Earth. Some bristlecone pines are thought to be over 5000 years old.
* By planting 20 million trees, the earth and its people will be provided with 260 million more tons of oxygen. Those same 20 million trees will remove 10 million tons of CO2.
* Trees didn’t exist for the first 90 percent of Earth’s history.Before trees, Earth was home to fungi that grew 26 feet tall.The first known tree was a leafless, fern-like plant from New York.
* Over 5,000 products are made from trees, much of which is food and food additives.
* You probably remember from science class that trees produce oxygen, but you may not realize just how much. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a single acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen, which could meet the annual needs of 18 people.
* 80,000 ACRES of forests disappear from the Earth every day. 46-58 MILLION square miles of forest are lost every year. That’s equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
* Trees are Mother Nature’s air conditioners. The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. In fact, the USDA says that you can save 20 to 40 percent in energy used for heating with properly placed trees around buildings.
٭ Fifty percent of all plant and animal species in the world live in tropical Rainforests and 70% of the world’s plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation.